Spotlight on Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders SIG 17 currently has 436 affiliates. Communication sciences and disorders professionals need to work together to make services available for all people with communication disabilities on every continent. Such a challenging goal means that audiologists and speech-language pathologists should consider (a) a range of conceptual frameworks that can ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   May 01, 2015
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders
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SIG Spotlight   |   May 01, 2015
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders
The ASHA Leader, May 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20052015.np
The ASHA Leader, May 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20052015.np
How many affiliates does your SIG have?
SIG 17 currently has 436 affiliates.
Is there an important, new issue surrounding your SIG’s subject matter right now? Highlight a timely event or trend.
Communication sciences and disorders professionals need to work together to make services available for all people with communication disabilities on every continent. Such a challenging goal means that audiologists and speech-language pathologists should consider (a) a range of conceptual frameworks that can be used to guide practice, allowing us to be knowledgeable about and serve at the macro (global) and micro (local) levels of society; (b) re-conceptualizing how services are provided (for example, into the community and out of the clinic); and (c) developing sustainable collaborative relationships across national borders.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
We are particularly excited about the presentations planned for the upcoming 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver. We are planning a one-hour seminar on audiology and speech-language pathology in Cuba with Alex Johnson and Dolores Battle. This is a particularly timely presentation with the current change in relations between the United States and Cuba. Our short course, “Challenges in Service Delivery on the Five Continents,” will provide insights into the barriers and potential solutions faced when providing services to those with communication disabilities in multiple regions of the world. Both presentations promise to be intellectually engaging, and presentations from which participants can gain additional knowledge and skills.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
There are two must-read articles. The first is Claire Penn’s “Cultural Safety and the Curriculum: Recommendations for Global Practice,” from the May 2011 issue, which includes suggested guidelines and strategies for preparing audiology and speech-language pathology students to provide culturally and linguistically responsive and global services. The other must-read article, also from May 2011, is “Audiology Services in India.” Kalyani Mandke and Rashmi Deshpande discuss the implications of hearing loss for communication abilities and for “social, economic and quality of life issues.”
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